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Oct 1, 2014

U.S. FCC plans roadshow to convince TV stations to sell airwaves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Television stations around the country will be hearing from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in coming months as the regulator on Wednesday launches a push to sway reluctant broadcasters to sell their airwaves in an upcoming auction.

The FCC is planning a so-called incentive auction for mid-2015, a complex sale of highly valuable low-frequency radio airwaves currently used by broadcasters to clamoring wireless carriers.

Sep 30, 2014

FCC considering move to ban NFL Redskins team name

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency’s chairman indicated on Tuesday.

The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist John Banzhaf III, asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name “Redskins.”

Sep 30, 2014

FCC look into treating Internet TV like cable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is considering a change in how it regulates Internet TV, potentially putting it on the same footing as traditional cable and satellite television, an FCC official familiar with the idea said on Tuesday.

If formalized and approved, the change would help Internet TV services, such as ones being developed by Dish Network Corp, Sony Corp and Verizon Communications Inc, compete with traditional pay-TV for digital rights to major network programming.

Sep 30, 2014

U.S. regulators look into treating Internet TV like cable

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission is considering a change in how it
regulates Internet TV, potentially putting it on the same
footing as traditional cable and satellite television, an FCC
official familiar with the idea said on Tuesday.

If formalized and approved, the change would help Internet
TV services, such as ones being developed by Dish Network Corp
, Sony Corp and Verizon Communications Inc
, compete with traditional pay-TV for digital rights to
major network programming.

Sep 30, 2014

U.S. FCC votes to do away with sports TV blackout rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to eliminate a decades-old rule that has prohibited pay-TV providers from airing some home sports games, such as NFL football, if tickets to those games did not sell out.

In a bipartisan 5-0 vote, the FCC did away with a 1975 sports blackout rule that has been backed by the broadcasters and the National Football League but in recent years has faced mounting criticism that it was outdated.

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. FCC chief presses experts on mobile ‘net neutrality’ rules

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications
Commission chairman Tom Wheeler urged consumer advocates and
wireless industry representatives on Tuesday to address how
wireless carriers might be allowed to “reasonably manage” their
Internet networks.

The issue is at the heart of a debate over whether the FCC
should undo exemptions applied to mobile carriers as it rewrites
Internet traffic regulations, after an appeals court rejected
its 2010 rules in January.

Sep 15, 2014

Deadline near, net neutrality comments top 3 million at U.S. FCC

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission has received a record 3 million
comments from consumers, advocates, companies and lawmakers on
proposed new Internet traffic, or “net neutrality,” rules as the
deadline to formally weigh in approached on Monday.

The comments, whose flow has tested and at times overwhelmed
the FCC’s systems, continued to be received as the deadline for
submissions to the official record approached at the end of the
day, said FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart.

Sep 15, 2014

Deluged with comments, U.S. FCC to continue ‘net neutrality’ outreach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Monday will formally stop accepting public comments on proposed new Internet traffic, or “net neutrality,” rules but will continue reaching out to Americans as they review the controversial regulations.

Monday is the deadline for submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission on so-called Open Internet rules that regulate how Internet service providers (ISPs) manage traffic on their networks.

Sep 11, 2014

BlackBerry buys UK mobile technology start-up Movirtu

TORONTO/LAS VEGAS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – BlackBerry
has acquired a U.K-based mobile technology start-up whose
software allows users to have multiple phone numbers on the same
device, the Canadian tech firm said on Thursday.

The purchase of Movirtu helps BlackBerry ramp up its
portfolio of services to cater to the needs of its core base of
corporate and government clients. Terms of the transaction were
not disclosed.

Sep 11, 2014

BlackBerry buys Movirtu in bid to woo more corporate customers

TORONTO/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Movirtu’s virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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